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The National Geographic Orion at sunset Keep in shape in the exercise room aboard the National Geographic Orion The National Geographic Orion is sleek and at your service The lovely National Geographic Orion Relax in the observation lounge and library. Fresh, local, and sustainably sourced meals aboard NatGeo Orion Relax in the National Geographic's hot tub City view of Stockholm, Sweden
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky cityscape and Koryaksky volcano
$25,850
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Across the Bering Sea: The Russian High Arctic

22 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Observe an array of marine mammals
  • Watch brown bears
  • Enjoy millions of seabirds
  • Visit a Koryak village
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Covering more than 3,800 nautical miles, and nearly circumnavigating the Bering Sea, this wide-ranging Arctic voyage explores one of the most rugged and wildlife-rich regions of the planet. Spot coastal brown bears from Katmai National Park to the Kamchatka Peninsula, search for Steller’s sea …
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Los Glaciares in Patagonia
$22,440
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Antarctica and Patagonia

18 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Seek out Antarctica’s wildlife
  • Visit Torres del Paine National Pa
  • Enjoy Tierra del Fuego
  • Cruise pristine waters
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The southernmost realms of the planet are places of unimaginable beauty, where humpback whales breach and penguins gather by the thousands, where icebergs shimmer and sapphire-hued fjords harbor snowcapped peaks and virgin forests. Join us on an odyssey aboard theNational Geographic Orionthat …
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Enjoy close-up wildlife watching!
$26,490
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Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands

22 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • See beautiful Antarctic ice
  • Witness massive wildlife spectacles
  • Experience three distinct regions
  • Enjoy superlative photo moments
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The ultimate Southern Ocean experience, this expedition takes you into majestically spectacular wildness. Not even the vast migrations of Africa can rival the awesomeness of seeing a king penguin colony of some tens of thousands individuals stretching as far as the eye can see. Or albatross …
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Snorkel with sea turtles as you cruise the South Pacific
$16,720
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Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas

15 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Tour the unique Marquesas
  • See ancient stone sculptures
  • Hike remote Fatu Hiva
  • Dive or snorkel Fakarava reefs
Activities:
Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Remote and enigmatic, the Marquesas are islands that belong to the past. Some of them virtually untouched since the era of European exploration, their isolation has given way to a proud people whose unique Marquesan dialect is a direct link to the ancient Polynesian language of Maohi. Indeed, it is …
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Alaska wildlife tours and brown bear fishing for salmon
$17,040
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Bering Sea Wilderness: Pribilofs, Katmai, and Kodiak

13 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Cross the iconic Bering Strait
  • See a large fur seal population
  • Spot rafts of sea otters
  • Observe brown bears
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Traverse the depth and breadth of the iconic Bering Strait and venture deep into the two distinct worlds it joins. Encounter the rich culture of Provideniya, “the Gateway to the Arctic,” before exploring the Pribilof Islands, a naturalist’s paradise sometimes referred to as …
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15 Moai at Ahu Tongariki on Easter Island
$19,670
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Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific

19 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Dive or snorkel reefs of Fakarava
  • Trace the legend of H.M.S. Bounty
  • Explore Henderson Island
  • Explore Easter Island
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 18-day cruise will have you following in the wake of early Polynesian navigators, this Tahiti travel expedition takes you to the farthest reaches of Oceania. From remote and enigmatic Easter Island to the historically significant Pitcairn Islands through the “low islands” of the …
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Walrus
$17,500
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Exploring Russia's Far East & Wrangel Island

13 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Observe majestic polar bears
  • See gray whales
  • Photograph iconic wildlife
  • Experience Beringia's heritage
Activities:
Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This fascinating exploration of the remote Siberian coastline promises rich culture and an astounding wealth of wildlife.Meet indigenous artists known for their intricate walrus ivory carvings, take in dramatic bird cliffs teeming with puffins and guillemots, then forge farther north, well above …
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Cabanas silhouette  on a Bora Bora cruise
$8,360
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French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard

French Polynesia - 8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Visit Marae Taputapuatea on Raiatea
  • Snorkel or dive healthy reefs
  • Learn stand-up paddle boarding
  • Navigate Tiputa Pass into Rangiroa
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Biking, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Board, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Venture to the heart of Polynesian culture and wildness on this highly immersive expedition where options abound. Choose to kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or take a bike ride for independent exploration and to connect with the people and islands on a personal level. Explore the historic ceremonial …
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A mother gentoo penguin and her chick
$15,250
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Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent

12 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • See legendary landscapes & habitats
  • Encounter iconic wildlife
  • Kayak, Zodiac cruise, and hike
  • Experience the Antarctic undersea
Activities:
Adventure Options, Kayaking, Land & Sea, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Exploring Antarctica in an authentic expedition style, aboard an authentic expedition ship, is an incomparable experience, and your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with all its wonders. Lindblad Expedition’s pioneering polar heritage and 40+ years of experience navigating polar geographies …
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View the seal and cormorant colonies as you sail across the Beagle Channel
$10,780
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Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Argentina's Staten Island

10 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Venture into wildlife reserves
  • Explore Isla de los Estados
  • Zodiac cruise, kayak, and hike
  • Take advantage of superb photo ops
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This carefully curated expedition offers the peak experiences of Patagonia and its surrounding environs in a compact 11-day timeframe on the National Geographic Orion. Discover the fjords, glaciers, and panoramic vistas that make Chilean Patagonia one of the most lauded nature destinations on …
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2020
EmbarksDays 
Apr 158French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard
Apr 2215Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas
May 068French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard
May 138French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard
Jun 1422Across the Bering Sea: The Russian High Arctic
Jul 0513Bering Sea Wilderness: Pribilofs, Katmai, and Kodiak
Jul 1722Across the Bering Sea: The Russian High Arctic
Aug 0713Exploring Russia's Far East & Wrangel Island
Aug 1913Exploring Russia's Far East & Wrangel Island
Aug 3113Exploring Russia's Far East & Wrangel Island
Nov 0418Antarctica and Patagonia
Nov 2010Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Argentina's Staten Island
Dec 0812Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Dec 1812Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
2021
EmbarksDays 
Jan 0712Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Jan 1712Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Jan 2712Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Feb 0612Journey to Antarctica: The White Continent
Feb 1622Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands
Mar 0810Patagonia: Chilean Fjords and Argentina's Staten Island
Mar 2619Easter Island to Tahiti: Tales of the Pacific
Apr 138French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard
Apr 2015Azure Seas from Tahiti to the Marquesas
May 048French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard
May 118French Polynesia: Beyond the Postcard
Jun 1022Across the Bering Sea: The Russian High Arctic
Jul 0113Bering Sea Wilderness: Pribilofs, Katmai, and Kodiak
Jul 1322Across the Bering Sea: The Russian High Arctic
Aug 0313Exploring Russia's Far East & Wrangel Island
Aug 1513Exploring Russia's Far East & Wrangel Island
Max Passengers: 102
Ship Type: Luxury Expedition Ship

The National Geographic Orion captures the essence of the NatGeo name, combining their signature brand of education and exploration with a luxurious flair. Just like its sister ships, this state-of-the-art vessel features zodiacs, kayaks, HD cameras and operators, and even a remote operated vehicle for insight into the most hidden corners of the natural world. Plus, it provides snorkeling and diving gear for those interested in getting up close and personal with the stunning marine life.

This stabilized ice-class vessel is perhaps one of the most elegant and sophisticated expedition ships in the world, launched with innovative features and sustainable standards & practices in 2003. Although much of your time will be spent exploring the breathtaking nature of your destination, there are also plenty of areas onboard that better place this five-star boat in the luxury mega-yacht category rather than the cruise ship category. 

Guests will enjoy the fitness center & spa, a boutique shop, beauty salon, Jacuzzi, plunge pool, and multiple social areas. The lecture theater is an immersive place to learn more about your destination from the expert expedition leaders. And the lounge and cocktail bar is a relaxing way to unwind after a full day of exploration. An outdoor cafe, exploration lounge, and restaurants with panoramic views will constantly remind you that you are exploring paradise aboard one of the world's finest expedition ships.
National Geographic Orion's Category 1 Cabin.
Category 1
Cat 1 #316, 318-321. Cabins feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
Your  Category B Stateroom on the National Geographic Orion
Category 1 Single
Cat 1S #301, 322, 323. These solo cabins feature a window or two portholes, a queen-size bed, except for #301 which has a double bed, writing desk and chair, climate controls, reading lamps, and a TV. Marble bathrooms are generously sized and include a roomy shower stall with a glass door.
A Category A Stateroom on the National Geographic Orion
Category 2
Cat 2 #302-312, 314, 315, 317. Cabins feature a luminous oval window and configurable beds: two single beds, two beds converted to a queen-size bed, or a queen size bed. An armchair, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities. Marble bathrooms are generously sized, and include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
A lovely category 3 suite on the National Geographic Oion
Category 3
Cat 3 Suite with Window #401-412, 414-419. These suites feature a sitting area with a large window, a sofa–except slightly smaller #401 & #402–an armchair or two, writing/laptop desk, reading lamps, flat screen TV, & climate controls. Beds are configurable (call for details). Marble bathrooms include a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
National Geographic Orion's Category 3 Cabin.
Category 3 Single
Cat 3S Suite with Window #512. This solo suite features two beds and two large windows, plus two armchairs and small table, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls. The marble bathroom is generously sized and includes a spacious shower stall with a glass door.
National Geographic Orion's Category 4 Cabin.
Category 4
Cat 4 Deluxe Suite with Window #511, 515. These two suites feature separate sleeping and sitting areas, with a chair and armchair and a two-cushion sofa facing an expansive window. Beds are configurable (call for details). Ample storage, reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the amenities.
National Geographic Orion's Category 5 Cabin.
Category 5
Cat 5 Suite with French Balcony #501, 503-506, 508. These spacious suites feature open living areas and sliding glass doors opening to a shared French balcony. Beds are configurable (call for details.) A sitting area with arm chairs and a sofa, a writing/laptop desk, well-placed reading lamps, a flat screen TV, and climate controls complete the decor.
National Geographic Orion's Category 6 Cabin.
Category 6
Cat 6 Owner’s Suite with French Balcony #502, 507, 509*, 510. These large, elegant suites feature a French balcony, with the exception of #509 which has double windows. Each provides a separate living area with a sofa and two arm chairs, except for #502, which uniquely offers a 'soaking tub with a view' in addition to a shower stall and expansive vanity.
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Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!
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For new reservations made by April 30, 2020, for travel between April 1- Dec 31, 2020, travelers have the option to cancel up to 24 hours prior to departure and 100% of your expedition fare will transfer to a credit to be applied to a future expedition. 
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